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Harry Alexander Darnell (1922 - 1990)

Harry Alexander Darnell
Born in Madison, Alabama, United Statesmap
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Died at age 67 in Huntsville, Madison, Alabama, United Statesmap
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Harry Alexander Darnell was born on 19 December 1922 [1][2] in Huntsville Madison, Alabama, USA. [3] as the son of William Ellis Darnell (1897-1966) and Frances Hayes (Moody) Darnell (1900-1989).[4]


Harry married Mary Katherine Hall Ford, [3], the daughter of Thomas Rutherford Hall Sr. (1884-1962), on Saturday evening, 13 May 1944, at the parsonage of the Holmes Street Methodist Church in Madison County, Alabama [5][6][7], 2 weeks prior to pre-induction exam at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, where he was one of the largest groups of white men yet to leave Huntsville to serve in WWII. [8]

Life Story

In 1930, Harry (7), his parents, and a boarder were living in Huntsville, Madison, Alabama. His father was working as a state highway contractor. [9]

He attended Riverton High School. [10]

In 1940, Harry (17) and his parents were living in Meridianville, Madison, Alabama.[11]

Harry, a native of Madison County, was a veteran of World War II, serving in the US Army; enlisted on 22 March 1945: discharged 15 May 1946. [2] A second induction at Fort McClellan (not mentioned earlier) took place shortly after he and about 80-90 other men were notified to report in on 20 March 1945. [12]

His Enlistment record showed he was in farm work. He was a private service no 44098215 [13]

Harry retired from GTE (?) and was a charter member of the Memorial Church of Christ. His address at death was given as 67 West Limestone Road, Hazel Green, Al. [14]


Harry died of natural causes at age 67, on 21 February 1990 [1][3][2] in Huntsville, Madison, Alabama and was placed to rest at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville, Madison, Alabama. [4] Survivors included his wife, Mary Katherine Hall Ford Darnell; two sons, David F Darnell of Hazel Green and Greg Darnell of Birmingham; and two grandchildren. [15]

Research Notes

Expanded Harry's bio, however I am still not able to find substantiation of his retirement or church membership as already existing in the profile.

Added red brackets to referenced family, who most likely need profiles and linking to this bio. I am not related, so feel free to handle if you have an interest.

WIFE: Wife has brackets and is deceased (i.e.DEATH 28 December 2019 • Huntsville, Madison, Alabama, USA ), but is still considered living by her profile manager and therefor can not be edited, accessed, or updated. Sorry ... I tried.(Wendell-374, 10-26-2022, 11-16-2023)

SONS: David and Greg ... both living and giving them profiles needs to be handled by famly.

  1. Did Greg live in Birmingham, Palham and Tuscaloosa, Alabama? I'm just trying to place him in the correct locations.

Was his middle initial "E"?

  1. Did David go to school in Toney, Alabama and live in Huntsville in 1950? I'm just trying to place him in the correct locations. Was his middle initial "F"?


  1. 1.0 1.1 U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010
  3. 3.0 3.1 U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
  4. 4.0 4.1 ; includes links to both parents, spouse [Find a Grave, database and images; (]
  5.; The Huntsville Times, Huntsville, Alabama, 08-May 1944, Mon, pg 5
  6. Alabama, U.S., Marriage Index, 1800-1969
  7. "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 15 November 2020), Harry Alexander Darnell and Mary Katherine Hall, 06 May 1944; citing Madison, Alabama, United States, County Probate Courts, Alabama; FHL microfilm 1,993,773.
  8.; The Huntsville Times; Huntsville, Alabama · Tuesday, May 23, 1944
  9. "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 29 November 2020), Harry A Darnell in household of Willian E Darnell, Huntsville, Madison, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 9, sheet 14A, line 29, family 318, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 37; FHL microfilm 2,339,772.
  10. The Huntsville Times Huntsville, Alabama · Monday, May 8, 1944, pg 5 [1] subscription required.
  11. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 27 July 2019), Harry Darnell in household of William Darnell, Election Precinct 11, Madison, Alabama, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 45-35, sheet 2A, line 39, family 23, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 57.
  12.; The Huntsville Times; Huntsville, Alabama · Wednesday, March 14, 1945
  13. U.S., World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946. Harry A Darnell.
  14. Not substantiated [2]
  15. Huntsville Times on Friday, February 23, 1990 Huntsville, Alabama Page: B-3 Column: 5

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Mary Katherine Hall Darnell is now seen as deceased and resting in peace at Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville, Madison, Alabama. Could the no access privacy status of her profile be brought up to date? Her FindaGrave memorial #124205830 with linked profiles cannot be added to her profile because there is no access. Thanks for considering. Maybe the manager could add this as a supporting source at the bottom of her profile page.
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